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E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 10 (search)
ntry was bequeathed to the Romans by Nicomedes III. in 74 B.C., and organized as a province. Western Pontus was added to it in 65 B.C., on the overthrow of Mithradates by Pompey. The united province was governed by propraetors till 27 B.C., when it was placed in the list of senatorial provinces, where it remained till the time of Trajan. Under the republic it could in no wise compare in importance with the neighboring province of Asia, being but thinly settled in the interior, and having only a scanty fringe of Greek culture along the coast. quo modo se haberet: how it is getting on. Cf. Ter. Phor. 820 ut meae res sese habent ; Cic. Att. 13.35.2 scire aveo quo modo res se habeat ; Tac. Ann. 14.51 ego me bene habeo . ecquonam: etc., whether I had made any mone
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 46 (search)
cf.ager uber) ou) pa/nu de\ u(gieino\n tou= qe/rous (cf. aestuosae). Homer mentions the fertility of the region in Hom. Il. 13.793 e)c *)askani/hs e)ribw/lakos . aestuosae: cf. Catul. 7.5n. The unhealthy character of the region as summer came on rendered departure even more agreeable. claras Asiae urbes: i.e. the famous Greek cities on the Aegean coast of Asia proper. volemus: the figure of flying for sailing is prompted by the eagerness of the desire to be gone; cf. Catul. 4.5 of the same voyage. praetrepidans: tremulous with eager anticipation; cf. Catul. 63.43 trepidante sinu. pedes: not that Catullus was contemplating, as some have thought, a land journey, but the passionate eagerness for de
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 63 (search)
tated movement and feeling (eg. rapidus three times, citatus four times, citus twice, rabidus three times, rabies once). celeri: indicating his eagerness for arrival. Phrygium nemus: that clothing the slopes not of Dindymus but of Ida (cf. vv. 30, 52). citato cupide pede: emphazing the eager haste of the traveller, rather than indicating a land journey after reaching the shores of Asia (cf. vv. 47, 89), the poet is not writing as a geographer. Cf. v. 30 properante pede. opaca: cf. v. 32. The mad rush of the new devotees is contrasted with the silent mysteries of the abode of the goddess. ibi: thereupon; cf. vv. 42, 48, 76; and Catul. 66.33; Catul. 8.6n. furenti rabie: cf. v. 38 rabidus furor. vagus animis: the plural to indic
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 64 (search)
longer bore the yoke; in this expression, as in the following verses, the absolute desertion of the farm is pictured by representing it as if it had lasted a long time. Cf. Verg. Ecl. 4.40f. non rastros patietur humus, non vinea falcem; robustus quoque iam tauris iuga solvet arator . humilis vinea: here, as, according to Varro RR 1.8, in Spain and some parts of Asia, the vines were not trained on trees, but either ran along the ground or were so cut as to be kept low. The latter plan is followed to-day in the great vineyards of California, and to some extent in Italy itself. curvis: perhaps referring to the crescent-shaped iron, the two points of which form the teeth of the rastrum pictured in Rich's Dict. Ant. s.v. rastris: the rastrum was a heav